All aerial work platform operators should complete the necessary OSHA aerial work platform operator training course. For the safety and welfare of your employees and bystanders at any given job site, all operators should receive proper training before working a job site.

OSHA requires that all operators receive the training necessary to safely operate their aerial work platforms and identify any and all potential hazards in the process. Beyond the regulations for operating the platform, many lifts are covered under OSHA’s fall protection regulation 1926.503.

Total Equipment Training offers a comprehensive aerial work platform operator training program that will thoroughly explain and demonstrate OSHA guidelines and the safest ways to operate aerial platforms.


Aerial work platforms are devices which enable people and equipment to access areas that are hard to reach. There are a variety of types, including Cherry Pickers, Scissor Lifts, Telescopic Booms, Articulating Boom Lifts, Stock Pickers, and many more. These devices can be powered by electricity, gas or a hydraulic system that powers a series of supports used to lift the work platform.


The American National Standards Institute has a series of guidelines that aim to protect yourself and also your laborer’s while using aerial work platforms on any job site. In addition to their safety guidelines, the ANSI regulations require all platforms to be inspected before use to ensure that the equipment is operating properly. ANSI aerial lift safety guidelines also address the following components:

  • Workers must wear proper fall protection equipment while on or operating the lift
  • Brakes must always be active while workers are lifted
  • The aerial lift can only be moved or adjusted when the lift is in the retracted position
  • Workers must remain within the confines of the lift during operation


While the safety regulations by ANSI are only recommendations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set requirements that all employers and employees that utilize aerial lifts must abide by. These aerial lift and aerial work platform operator training requirements and regulations are OSHA 1926.21, 1926.453, 1926.454. Qualifications include securing the lift or boom in a retracted position while the vehicle is in motion. Employees must wear the proper fall protection including a body harness and lanyard attached to the bucket, lift or boom, and obeying the weight limit set by the equipment’s manufacturer. In addition, OSHA requires all aerial lift operator training to be conducted by a qualified trainer. The training requirements include:

  • Procedures for dealing with hazards including electrical, fall, and falling-object hazards
  • Properly operating the lift
  • Fall protection procedures
  • Equipment positioning requirements
  • Personal protection equipment
  • Equipment manufacturer requirements

OSHA AWP Certification Training Program Outline

Total Equipment Training offers comprehensive, on-site Aerial Work Platform (Lift) operator training that covers all pertinent OSHA certification standards. We tailor our program to meet your specific aerial lift needs and provide your employees with the knowledge to safely operate the equipment and the ability to recognize and minimize possible hazards.

All operators will receive classroom training and hands-on training by our qualified trainers, and will take both a written test and a practical evaluation to evidence their competency and provide you with the necessary documentation of training required by OSHA.

Total Equipment Training’s Aerial Work Platform Operator Training Program is approved by the US Department of Labor and OSHA recognized. It will include, but is not limited to:

Classroom AWP Training Outline

  • Applications and types of equipment
  • Inspection of the AWP
  • Personnel safety – fall protection and PPE
  • Federal and manufacturers rules
  • Electrical hazards
  • Principles of Operation
  • Equipment considerations
  • Load safety
  • Federal and manufacturer’s rules
  • Preventive Maintenance

Hands-On AWP Training Outline

  • Personal protective equipment
  • Load Handling
  • Fueling and preventive maintenance
  • Traveling when personnel are in basket
  • Operational checks
  • Pre-operation inspection
  • Position of equipment (ground conditions)
  • Control familiarization
  • Driving equipment (both in basket and ground controls)
  • Securing the machine

Train Your Operators to Safely and Efficiently Operate Work Platforms with Total Equipment Training

At Total Equipment Training, our AWP certification trainers are experienced, thorough and the best in the industry. Our effective and efficient approach to operator training sets us apart from other training programs. We bring our training program to your site, saving you time and money.

In addition, our on-site aerial lift training can be customized to meet your organization’s specific needs and OSHA requirements. If you’re interested in one of our training programs, contact us today!


I recommend other companies invest in the safety of their employees by having Total Equipment Training come out to their site and conduct Aerial Platform Training as they did for us! This class if full of safety tips to protect your employees (and yourself) from getting hurt, and when your employees receive their certification, it ensures your company meets government health and safety requirements for working on platforms.

Safety Inspector – Wilmington Delaware

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